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Feb 21, 2015

630 kg of illegal drugs seized in 2014; stimulants top list

Japanese customs authorities last year seized 630 kilograms of illegal drugs such as stimulants, cannabis and cocaine, the Finance Ministry said Friday. The figure was down 37 percent from the previous year, but an official at the ministry’s Customs and Tariff Bureau said the ...

Feb 20, 2015

Two Japanese held at Bangkok airport with horde of exotic animals

Thai customs officials arrested two Japanese men Friday at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport as they allegedly tried to smuggle exotic and endangered animals to Japan. The officials said the men from Shizuoka Prefecture had pig-nosed turtles, woodchucks, lizards and snakes packed in small boxes, cages ...

Negligent drug use killed our son: parents

Feb 20, 2015

Negligent drug use killed our son: parents

The parents of a 2-year-old boy who died a year ago after being sedated with the drug propofol are accusing the hospital staff of malpractice. The boy, who underwent surgery at Tokyo Women’s Medical University Hospital in Shinjuku Ward to remove a lymphangioma, died ...

Feb 20, 2015

Emails translated in free online service made accessible to everyone

The contents of emails — including correspondence involving officials of central government offices, banks and manufacturers — entered into a free translation service website have become freely accessible, an information security company said Friday. According to LAC Co., at least 30 cases of email ...